ISLAMABAD - Double delight for Pakistan squash as second seed Farhan Zaman and fourth seed Danish Atlas Khan moved into the quarterfinals of the $10,000 Life Time Chicago Open 2015, currently underway in Chicago, USA.

Farhan started the first game against tough South African opponent Toboki Moholo on a high note and easily won it 11-6. Farhan had to face some resistance in the second game before winning it 11-8. But the real battle was witnessed in the third game where Toboki played his natural game which was very close and tensed battle, as both the players were not in a mood to allow space to each other and fought for each and every point.

At one stage, Farhan thought the game slipping out of his hands, but at the particular moment, he started hitting the accurate drop shots, which paid off and he took the game 13-11, thus booked quarterfinal berth where he will take on New Zealander Evan William.

Speaking about his performance after the match, Farhan Zaman told The Nation: “I was training with Shahid Zaman in Boston, which really helped me a lot. Ever since arriving in the US, I was working hard on my fitness levels and also to improve my PSA ranking by winning laurels for the country. But I could not achieve this task if I stayed at Pakistan.

“Now I am featuring in a number of PSA events. Last time, I just won $10,000 event and now I am seeded second here and quite sure, if I continue to play my natural aggressive game, it would be very hard to stop me from winning more titles,” he added.

In another match, Danish Atlas Khan was taken right down to the wire by the qualifier French Christophe Andze, who went down fighting 3-2. Danish won the first game 11-9 after surviving some anxious moments, but lost second game 10-12. But he bounced back in the third game winning it 11-9, but then he let Andze off the hook and allowed him too much room to stage another comeback in the match and lost the fourth game 9-11. Danish then played superb squash in the fifth and deciding game, and won it 11-5 to set quarterfinal clash against British Reubean Phillips.